Rightbloggers: Had Enough Benghazi? Too Bad!

"This is a media that are deliberately... suppressing the news from their audiences," claimed Brent Bozell on Fox News. "The George Soros-funded left-wing propaganda mill known as Media Matters continues its campaign to whitewash the Obama administration's Benghazi failures and cover-up," charged David Horowotz-sponsored propaganda mill FrontPageMag.

"Will the news media come through for the Democrats?" asked John Hinderaker at Power Line. "For the most part, of course they will. This morning, NBC offered Will.I.Am as a foreign policy expert on Meet the Press. There is no depth to which the Democratic Party media will not sink." Yeah, it's not like when the first Bush Administration put Charlton Heston on TV to debate Christopher Hitchens about the first war on Iraq (the location of which Heston did not seem to know). For one thing, will.i.am is black.

PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon, who had previously called for Obama to resign under the headline, "Was Benghazi Not Enough?," demanded answers as to "rumors of gun running, MANPADs and on and on" that only he and other Benghazi obsessives knew about, and called Benghazi "a hundred times worse than Watergate and Monicagate" and "an absolute threat to the democratic principles of our republic," before declaring that "American 'liberalism' and the mainstream media are now on trial" (why no scare-quotes for "mainstream," we wonder? Doesn't Simon believe Americans prefer PJ Media?) and that patriots would soon bring them both down. "Never give up," Simon said. "Every one of us has to stay the course on Benghazi until this gets sorted out. Keep the media and the left on trial. Remember, even OJ didn't get away with it in the end." Yyyyyyyeah, we get the analogy.

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An oldie but goodie. (Via.)
But that's okay -- citizen journalists will cut through the Lame Stream Media fog! "I made this music video because I want low-info voters to get it," said Tea Party fixture Lloyd Marcus at RenewAmerica, and we believe him, because if Marcus has enough contempt for his intended audience to call them "low-info voters," he may also believe a rewrite of Neil Young's "Ohio" with Benghazi lyrics will sway them (Sample: "Three times they called for rescue/Angry terrorists at their door/Obama's min-i-ons said 'Forget you'/Four Americans are no more").

In this state of Benghazi bliss, many rightbloggers tried to distinguish themselves in a crowded field by sniping at various Administration targets. A favorite was presumed 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, aka "Source of the Benghazi Video Lie," per Some Guy at RedState. "Now that we know that the White House was actively involved in pushing a blatant lie about the genesis of the Benghazi attack in order to deflect blame," said Some Guy, "it is only fair to ask who came up with the story to begin with... Hillary as Ground Zero for the Internet video lie... Sometime after 10:30 pm on September 11, the official policy of the United States became the lie of the internet video... the gravity of the lie seems to have been weighing on Clinton... 'it depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is,'" etc. We'd say Some Guy will never miss a meal either, but we suspect he's doing this for free, poor fellow.

Press Secretary Jay Carney's weary defense of the Administration in yet another press conference gone Benghazi had rightbloggers giving him the Ron Ziegler treatment. "Watch Jay Carney try to defend White House lies," announced Betsi Fores of rare.us. "JAY CARNEY LIES ABOUT THE BENGHAZI EMAIL," roared John Hinderaker at Power Line. Jay Carney's Big Fat Lie: Emails Not About Benghazi," cried Investors Business Daily, who also compared Carney to Winston Smith in 1984, a book they perhaps have only heard about.

Others picked on former Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, who responded quite understandably to Fox News' questions about his work on the Benghazi talking points, "Dude, this was like two years ago. We're still talking about the most mundane process." The Washington Free Beacon was shocked that "Vietor addressed Fox News Special Report host Bret Baier as 'dude'" and claimed Vietor "got amnesia" without adding "so I showed him my gat to improve his memory" as tradition demands. (The Beacon also slipped in that the White House had been trying to "bolster the false idea that the attack was the spontaneous result of a riot against the video.")

Glenn Beck's The Blaze called Vietor's response "Almost Unbelievable" and jumped on the fact that "Vietor also revealed that President Barack Obama was not in the situation room during the Benghazi attack." That means Obama could have been in another room of the White House at that crucial time, where it might have taken minutes to reach him -- or with Monica Lewinsky! ("BOOM!" commented Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit, in keeping with the gravity of this revelation.) Other rightbloggers spurted reproachful "dude" Twitter messages, as recorded by Michelle Malkin's alternate-universe Twitter site Twitchy, and they're every bit as hilarious as you would imagine.

But we all know who the real Public Enemy #1 is here. Buoyed by their new Benghazitude, rightbloggers are raising the fallen standard and seeking the ultimate price. Already one prominent Republican had called for Obama's impeachment: Judge Jeanine Pirro. Also, Lyndon LaRouche.

Okay, so they're not A-listers. But it's still early! Just wait till they get a load of Lloyd Marcus' video, or the stirring speeches of patriots such as Frank Salvato of the Virginia Beach Examiner. "That the Obama Administration has no problem lying to the American people in the pursuit of its agenda should be troubling enough," said Salvato, "but now we have the issue of their complicity in covering-up the deaths - the murders - of four Americans. Anyone else executing the same rhetorical maneuvers would be charged with obstruction of justice, perjury and accessory to murder."

"While there is no hope of ever holding these people to account in the way they deserve, which would entail many years in a super-max prison," wrote Some Other Guy at RedState, "we can try to hold them politically and economically accountable by ensuring wherever they go for the rest of their lives Benghazi is shadowing them like Banquo's ghost."

"So despicable is all this that the fact that the national news is not abuzz with the (now racist) word 'impeachment' is itself an unmitigated outrage," rambled Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom. "I don't recognize this country. But I can tell you this: I'm not alone... It's the ruling class vs. the rest of us. And but for a brief blip in history when the US was founded, in has always been thus. - None of which means we have to take it. The question is, will we...?"

Now that's the kind of rhetoric that's sure to have an effect on the American public.

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Lulu Black
Lulu Black

how many American soldiers died in Iraq with no apology?

Robin Brass
Robin Brass

I guess the thousands of soldiers that died on the other watch they forgot about #missionaccomplishedmyass

RogerAiles
RogerAiles

Is anyone surprised that Roger el-Simon is using manpads?

StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick topcommenter

It's all they've got, and it ain't much.  That poor chicken.....

pete.lounsbury
pete.lounsbury

Here's the problem... How did that email surface? Foot dragging for sure, cover up yes and. Yes, the media has failed miserably to inform the American people about what really happened, and no because cover up is the wrong word. Misled, withheld documents, diverted attention, played political games and our President's dealing with the entire situation wasn't covered sufficiently because to me that was the pre-election story the media missed. Obama had a crises and his leadership, as well as that of the Secretary of State was third rate at best. He got re-elected and apparently he learned nothing and is still not adept at all with regard to handling crisis. But I'm guessing the readers here can't or wont see any of the valid points I just made.

alanhw
alanhw

Who can disagree with Jeff Goldstein's sober assessment that the United States has been going steadily downhill since July 5, 1776.  But far as I can tell, he decided to take it, after all.  

glennisw250
glennisw250 topcommenter

there is no hope of ever holding these people to account in the way they deserve, which would entail many years in a super-max prison,"


What is exactly the mandated sentence for not using the Magic Word on a tee-vee show?

glennisw250
glennisw250 topcommenter

"their complicity in covering-up the deaths - the murders - of four Americans." 


Gosh, I guess I forgot the part where the administration didn't let us know that four people had been killed by a hostile mob. I'm shocked, deeply shocked, at this revelation. [sarcasm, for those who might be so impaired]

McSalmon
McSalmon

This is my fear: 


That in 2014, the Senate will be held by the GOP, as well as the House. This is possible. 


Then, because all the members of the GOP Congress are either manipulative dick waggers, conspiracy prone buffoons, or opportunistic parasites on the body politic, they will try to hold an impeachment over the failure of a swarm of Robocops spontaneously appearing to hold back the horde of Al Queda Ninja at Benghazi.


Benghazi largely boils down to 'someone attacked an embassy and killed the ambassador and some other folks.'  Anyone who bothers to research it knows that this was not a singular event in foreign policy, as there have been several attacks on a number of embassies over the decades. This fact will be endlessly restated to the GOP, and they will not care. 


So it could occur that the President could be effectively impeached, because of something he had minimal control over and did not benefit from. The mass of people in the country will hate this decision, but this will not matter, and there will be plenty of time left to break whatever positive things this administration has done into little pieces.


I am optimistic for the future, but I have to admit that the depths of scumbaggery that the leaders and minions of the conservative machine is nearly limitless, and makes me worry for the future of a world I love. I don't want the epitaph of the nation to be "Benghazi". Can you blame me?

pete.lounsbury
pete.lounsbury

Lots of mind readers in here and btw, don't quit your day jobs; not one of you read me correctly. I'm Libertarian and as such believe that the last war we fought that was Constitutional was WWII, and that includes Libya when both Reagan and Obama bombed the country.

My point was and is that while the country was determining which candidate who had no intention at all at breaking the unconstitutional use of military force by the Chief Executive, Obama's lack of experience and the price of it was on full display and it went unreported. Nothing was more disappointing than when Bush didn't go to Congress for a declaration of war against Afghanistan and when Obama did the same. Oh and btw, when we do go to war the idea is to defeat the enemy and come on back home (if it is fought on foreign soil like when the Marines stormed Tripoli in 1801), not to invade, occupy, rebuild and then install a new government. And ho by the way again, the Barbary Coast War was also known as the First Barbary War, meaning we had to go back and finish what we started after leaving prematurely. That's what war is under the Constitution, and beyond that we should no interest other than leaving peaceful lives at home.

What I see on display here is a lot of very angry, bigoted mind readers who have convinced themselves that they are peaceful and posses some form of moral mandate to act very rudely, disrespectfully, angrily and meanly to anyone that disagrees with them about anything. There's a word for that, look it up. It starts with a "b" and ends with "igot". Go find a mirror and if you have even a smidgen of honesty, you'll accept what you have become as have going down the wrong path and perhaps, and this is a big perhaps, you'll return to being true liberals.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@pete.lounsbury  See, I know how much you hate the president, so I know that if there were an actual *scandal* here, you would make us damn sure that we all know about it, instead of just barfing out these vague imprecations of...something or other.  It ain't hard.

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

@pete.lounsbury No one cares about fucking Sunday morning show talking points.  That's the nut of this "scandal".  Sane people see the distinction.

glennisw250
glennisw250 topcommenter

@McSalmon "Benghazi largely boils down to 'someone attacked an embassy and killed the ambassador and some other folks.' "


And because the administration sent someone to say on a TeeVee show what they thought at the time was the motivation, only to be corrected a few days or a week later.


Pretty weak sauce, I'd say, but who ever said the wingnuts couldn't spin gold out of dross before?

McSalmon
McSalmon

@pete.lounsbury Again, your disappointment in Obama's performance does not elevate what happened at Benghazi to the level of a crime. It just means you voted for Gary Johnson, and would have preferred his lack of experience in how to manage an embassy attack happening thousands of miles away. 


And what exactly should have been done? I'm curious what Obama should have been doing that would have met your approval - I don't think anything would have myself. Congress had previously cut security spending, so the forces he had available to him were relatively fixed. I doubt a Libertarian would have raised it prior to a surprise attack. It's been largely admitted by everyone that there wasn't anything anyone could have done at the time, so they're basically bitching about the administration's reports on the matter while the investigations were still ongoing. Tell me how that amounts to something that deserves it's own hearing, 2 years later. 


What I see on display, is a guy who has been listening to a lot of silly talking points made by GOP and Libertarian shills and failed to actually think matters through on his own. There's a word for that too - it starts with "St" and ends with "ooge". If you had a smidgen of dignity, you'd realize that liberals are not some evil cabal trying to murder you in your bed, and not take your talking points from the same assholes who lied us into a fake war you hated so much in the first place.

McSalmon
McSalmon

@RogerAiles @pete.lounsburyYou know, if you believe that Obama is doing a horrible job, that's fine. Whatever - I thought Bush was the worst president in living memory, who got a lot more people killed though a combination of neglect and stupidity, and hid it behind a facade of cowboy patriotism. See how popular I am.


But, right now, the GOP is planning to hold another set of investigations on what happened at Benghazi, as if what happened at Benghazi hasn't already been hashed over. Nothing new will be advanced, but crimes will be insinuated, with no charge forthcoming. It's all a kabuki show to accuse Obama of horrible crimes against America, conducted by cynical and/or crazy politicians for political gain. And, as I stated, it may come that the Congress under a GOP dominated Senate will try to impeach him on a fake criminal act that they made up. If this occurs, it would be no less a coup than if paramilitaries attacked the Capitol.

McSalmon
McSalmon

@pete.lounsbury @McSalmon Yeah, that'll work - welcome to the Internet, grampa! It turns out that blithely asserting privilege gets you precisely diddly anymore. If you want to talk smack in comments, get a thicker skin. 


Benghazi was hashed out over a year ago. We already went over policy and what can be improved, and what was done right. This is not about Benghazi anymore - it's about the elections in 2014, and in 2016, especially if Clinton decides to run. It's a GOP call to the faith to bring em out on election day.

I lived through the 90s and remember the absurdity of multiple hearings to dredge up anything incriminating on then president Clinton and his administration. The conspiracies, the lies, the innuendo and the blithe horse race reporting by CNN as if it was all a game, instead of an effort to frog march a sitting president out of office paid for by hypocritical millionaires based on bullshit. This has that same stink on it. 


But hey - maybe you'll get what you want, and Obama will be booted out of office, and we'll have another GOP presidency, House and Senate in 2017! Just like 2001! They seemed pretty competent, if you drank a lot and were easily distracted by shiny toys.



rdmcis
rdmcis

@pete.lounsbury @McSalmon:

BTW Ron Paul was my choice in 2008...

That's Doctor Paul to you, blasphemer!

pete.lounsbury
pete.lounsbury

@McSalmon @pete.lounsbury  You speak in generalities and seem to think you're a mind reader to boot. Get some help because a free mind is a beautiful thing, I hope you find yours. BTW Ron Paul was my choice in 2008 but he didn't make it past the primaries, and who cares who ran in 2012 as the media already licked our leader. Competence is a big deal you moron. Hillary is competent, I am ideologically opposed to her political views, but she is not a naive and over confident idiot who would do all us all a favor by continuing to campaign and just staying away from decision that have consequences. Now go away kid, you bother me.

McSalmon
McSalmon

@pete.lounsbury @glennisw250@McSalmonHunh - comment got swallowed. Well, adapt adopt and improve!


This article states that Obama is going to help, now that he's been asked by the Nigerian government - where, precisely, is the 'incompetence'? That he had to wait for a request, or that he's helping at all? Not sure what you expected Obama to do, which seems to be a theme. In general, calling someone 'incompetent' then not making your case for the better option isn't very convincing.

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